Last season on Bates Motel, Bradley was in mourning; Miss Watson tried to be a good samaritan; and Norman and Norma bonded over the dead. In the season 2 premiere, “Gone but Not Forgotten,” Norman grieves an alleged friend; Bradley goes off on a bender; Norma prepares for a battle with the city; and Dylan tries to be a man of his word.
By Tara Moore–
Bates Motel is officially reopened and we’ve never seen Ms. Norma Bates smile so hard about life in White Pine Bay. When season one ended, we knew Norman Bates was involved with Miss Watson‘s tragic ending but when the news breaks from the school principal, Norman’s blackout comment almost seemed like a lie beneath the surface. Mommy dearest, blinded as usual by her devotion to the son, doesn’t think twice about the strange meeting she had with her son the same night of Watson’s murder, when Norman was roaming the streets in the pouring rain. We’re not sure how close Sheriff Alex Romero and his creepy instinct is to uncovering Norman’s involvement, but we’ll find out soon enough.
Miss Watson was not exactly who she seemed, but Norman’s fixation and the realization that her killer has not been brought to justice might start sparking some questions about Norman’s relationship with her. Now that the sheriff knows he was at her house, he might have just landed himself at the top of his list of Persons of Interest. Perhaps chumming up to Bradley would do Norman some good right now–if only to help him alibi out in future crimes we’re sure he’ll commit. Speaking of Bradley, her father’s death and the life he was apparently living are making it extremely hard for Bradley to find her way back to normalcy. While she’s demanding they find his killer, and trying to uncover the truth about her father, she goes off in a drunken rage swerving all over the road before stopping short on the town bridge, and leaping to her death–or so we thought. Unfortunately for her, she survived the fall, and ended up being institutionalized! We kind of saw this coming, but the dark and twisty Bradley they’re molding for this season is off to a great start. Queue the cry for help standing in Noman’s bedroom soaking wet and holding a loaded weapon.
But back to the Bates family. Norma, while trying to teach her son how to drive, finds herself frantically preparing for a town council meeting, determined to fight the construction of the town bypass that she was told would be postponed but apparently will commence in no time, ultimately ruining any visitor opportunity for Bates Motel. Norman, in an attempt to school his mom on the fact that she needs to be better prepared, makes her more adamant about approaching the council despite her inadequate defense. As expected, Norma’s temper gets the best of her when the council denies her motion to shut down the bypass and she explodes in a tirade of d*ck rants in front of the town. Smooth, Norma, really smooth.
Meanwhile, the wayward son Dylan who seems to be the only normal one in the family is trying to do right by his mom and offers to pay rent to her since he hasn’t moved out yet. Norma refuses the money at first because she knows it’s drug money, but Dylan lectures her on the fact that the whole city is built on money from the marijuana feels he helps maintain. Interesting to think that the marijuana economy plays a major part in the success of this town, while it’s also the source of the majority of the darkness that unfolded last season. Dylan can’t be as normal as he’s being made out to me, so we’re expecting a lot more from his character this season.
Back to Miss Watson, Norman finally confesses to his mom that he went to her place! After the sheriff let Norma know that Norman stopped by his office, she confronted him and managed to get him to tell her everything. Of course, when it gets to the point we all saw last season when Norman started to black out, the water works start up again and all he can say is he can’t remember. That defense won’t hold up in a court, but now that mom knows, and she can easily victimize the victim, Norman will once again get off scott free for his actions thanks to his smothering mother.
That is, of course, if Romero’s sixth sense doesn’t kick in again.